Here is what you saw on Good Day Alabama for December 20, 2012:
JEH JEH LIVE - The Alabama Ballet presents George Balanchine's The Nutcracker™. Catch performances this weekend: Friday at 7:30pm, Saturday at 2:30 & 7:30pm, and Sunday at 2:30pm. Performances are at Samford University's Wright Center. The Alabama Ballet remains one of only 7 companies is the world granted the right to perform this holiday classic by the Balanchine Trust. All performed to Balanchine's exacting specifications; dazzling choreography, opulent costumes and extravagant sets make this production unlike any other. Let our professional company of 35 dancers show you how spectacular The Nutcracker can be. For tickets or more information, call (205) 975-2787 or visit http://www.alabamaballet.org
LAST MINUTE GIFT IDEAS - Jamie Robinson from the Outlet Shops of Grand River joins us with a look at some great last minute gift ideas. Also, the Outlet Shops of Grand River is hosting the 12 Shopping Days of Christmas, featuring 12 items from different stores at a special discount for the holiday season. The "first day of Christmas" began Monday, December 10, with a parka provided by Kenneth Cole Outlet. It's been running for several days now and is down to the last two days. Window displays throughout the Shops of Grand River are dedicated to showing off each of the discounted items. Together these form a tree to celebrate the 12 Shopping Days of Christmas. I have attached an image of the entire tree of items for you to see. The poem for the items is below. This is a wonderful opportunity to let your readers/viewers in on tons of great deals to rack up for their Christmas shopping. Please let me know what you think and if you have any openings in your calendar to help promote these great specials. As the song goes.... On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, 12 Runners running, 11 iPods piping, 10 Boots-a-leaping, 9 Ladies' Purses, 8 Maidens sleeping, 7 Scarves-a-swooping, 6 Fleece-a-warming, 5 Gold Rings, 4 Bird Accessories, 3 French Pans, 2 Turtlenecks and a Parka in a Pear Tree. (Running shoes provided by Nike Factory Store)
PEOPLE'S BEST & WORST - PEOPLE's year-end double issue, "The Best (and Worst) of 2012," takes a look back at the people who captured the interest of the American public - for better or for worse - during the past year. Figures from the worlds of politics, royals and current affairs, join popular entertainers from film, TV, and music on this year's list. PEOPLE also picks the "25 Most Intriguing People of the Year" and Most "Shocking Splits" (Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes.) Plus the year's "Hall of Shame." Find out which stars had feuds (think Mariah vs. Nikki Minaj) and trends of the year (ombre hair, juicing). PEOPLE also discusses the year's heroic stars (Patrick Dempsey, Ryan Gosling) and on again/off again couples (Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart) From the biggest celebrity weddings, to the best dresses and babies of the year, PEOPLE's got it covered. The special, year-end issue hits newsstands on tomorrow. For more information please visit www.people.com
CHRISTMAS MUSIC - Vann Burchfield performed The Christmas Song. For more information on Vann Burchfield, visit www.vannburchfield.com/. Enjoy more music from Vann, other local artists, school choirs, and bands on Christmas morning right here on Good Day Alabama.
PET OF THE WEEK - Christy Little with the Greater Birmingham Humane Society introduced us to a pet today looking for a forever home! Her name is Diamond. For more information on today's pet or others up for adoption, call (205) 942-1211 or visit gbhs.org.
THOUGHTFUL GIFTS - With the holidays right around the corner, it's crunch time. If you're like most, you started early, but you're still not there yet! Shoppers plan to spend $848 on gifts this season, according to the American Express Spending and Saving tracker-and they're loading up on gifts for an average of eight people this holiday season. Chances are the last ones left on your list are your closest friends and loved ones, because they're always the hardest to buy for. Renowned lifestyle expert Jill Martin is familiar with stretching a budget…and finding the hottest gift items for the most challenging on your list! She shared tips for discovering unique gift ideas, how to set your holiday budget, and to help viewers make the best choices for every person on their list. She highlights the latest gift- giving trends-everything from the best in electronics and eco-friendly gifts to spa days, sporting events and more. Some of Jill's tips include:
· Practicality can be Chic - Consider what a friend or family member needs in their home and daily lives - it may not seem like an exciting gift, but it ensures that your gift will be well-used and appreciated. Even something as practical as kitchen appliances come with bold design and personality.
· Convert Rewards Points to Gift Savings - Make your yearly spending work for you and take advantage of the rewards points you've accrued on your credit cards for major savings! Plus, more than you've ever thought you could do with points….
· Give the Gift of Experience - Concerts, dinners, shows and more! Give your loved ones the opportunity to try something new.
· Sign up! - Always sign up online and in store with your kids' or your wife's favorite retailers. You're the first to know about sales, family and friend discounts and more--and sometimes you get in the door before the major holiday rush. Make sure you check out the retailer's Twitter feed or check their Facebook page.
Tomorrow on Good Day Alabama, comedian Heath Hyche joins us in the studio with a few laughs! Take advantage of new technology and help kids learn! We check out some new apps to teach your kids new skills! The Hewitt Trussville High School Choir joins us live with some beautiful music! Mickey's friends from the Birmingham Zoo stop by for a visit! And we check out your business and entertainment headlines! That and much more tomorrow on Good Day Alabama!